The Latest In Progress
When four superfans of the hot boy band The Ruperts stay in the same hotel as their heartthrobs, they have no idea one of the Ruperts is going to end up in their room, dead. This is on the surface a hilarious, fast paced murder mystery romp, with up-to-the-minute slang and attitude. But look deeper and you'll find real questions about the nature of friendship, the nature of fandom, the lie of celebrity, privacy and more. Fourteen and up. Jamie Watson
A boy and his dog, what could be better for a picture book, but his only gets better as both learn about each other and their world. Perkins reminds us that both are "pups" and defines for us Frank's interests (Botany is about plants, Entomology is Science about bugs). Big words interspersed eith wonderful pictures of Frank's adventures chasing ducks and squirrels and deer and looking at the stars together. And there are even predicting the future questions. Science and dogs and boys, what could be better. Up to Seven. Edie Ching.
Two siblings, completely opposite from each other and not very tolerant of each other encounter "monsters" at the vacation cabin, all because sister Jenny breaks the rules. Barnett leaves lots of room for his illustrator to also tell the story and Myers doesn't miss opportunities for little details that tell us more about these characters. The dialogue between the siblings rings true as does the anger on both faces when they don't get their way. The "monsters" are unique and Ian's transformation will delight all. The lesson to be learned....look on the back cover. Up to Seven. Edie Ching
Beginning in spring (when this book will be published) we are taken through the seasons, in long poems and short, and illustrations that give one a feel for the weather and the location. A joyful book that celebrates change and the experience of the natural world. The language is evocative, "if you could take a bite out of the middle of the morning". A wonderful book to share or just savor on your own. Seven to Ten. Edie Ching
From the cover, of sleepy stuffed animals and a wide awake child (as well as the title) we know this is a bed-time book. The sweetness of this book comes from the warm family interactions,especially prior to bed-time, and the sense of extended family, portraits in Lucy's bedroom of grandparents, aunts and uncles, mom and dad. And Lucy becomes a parent as she puts her stuffed animals to bed. Castillo's illustrations are in warm hues, first of sunshine and as the day fades, in darker tones. Her stuffed toys all have personalities and Lucy does too. Lots to enjoy here. Up to Seven. Edie Ching
Vicky Cruz attempts suicide and ends up in the psychiatric ward with other "crazies". Her treatment, both in group and in one on one sessions with the thoughtful and gentle Dr. Desai take us on a journey of depression and mental illness as teens are experiencing it. Vicky forms unlikely but powerful friendships and on her journey discovers her strengths and begins to recognize her weaknesses. While some of the secondary characters are not well developed (her parents especially) the evolution of her relationship with her sister is powerful as is her journey. Lots for us to see in this book about the fog and power of depression. Fourteen and Up. Edie Ching
A story about responsibility, here of a boy to the fox he raised from a kit, of a father to a son, of humans in the face of way. It looks as big issues, like what war does to humans and animals, physically (both a human and an animal are maimed)and emotionally. Peter, the boy who regrets his "desertion" goes on a mission that rescues more than he expected and his fox also goes on a journey of his own. Told alternately from the point of view of the boy and the fox, reading this is a journey for all. Ten to Fourteen. Edie Ching